Q&A: Tully On Tully
At the start of the year they released their latest single ‘Stay’ which features fellow Melbournite Hayden Calnin on vocals. He also appears on the gorgeously filmed video and compliments lead singer Natalie Foster with the right amount of shade. The track highlights just how catchy Foster’s melodies can be and just how well she sits her honest lyrics within that frame.
Their tour history is already forming strongly. In May Tully On Tully ventured to Manila to perform at Wanderland Festival alongside the likes of The Temper Trap and Nada Surf. The band have just announced that they will be hitting the road and stopping in at most major cities across the country for their very first national tour. It will launch their EP Weightless (2013) which is out August 16.
In the midst of preparing for the tour, Tully On Tully keys player, Pete Corrigan, answered a few question for The Orange Press:
Tell us in your own words what your sound is.
It’s the combination of the sounds we as musicians and music lovers enjoy. I guess like many musicians it’s a constant journey of discovery and refinement, but at the moment it’s a mix of indie rock hooks, angular pop melodies and clattering drum rhythms contrasted with dark lyrics and stories.
Who makes up your band?
Natalie Foster is our vocalist/lyricist, Greg Rietwyk is our guitarist, Iain MacRae on bass, myself (Pete Corrigan) on keys and Frank Lees on drums.
What were your influences when you first started writing music? And what are your influences now?
When the band first started out in the very very early days we were influenced a lot by the likes of Kate Bush and Regina Spektor, with a heavy emphasis on piano based arrangements. Once Greg joined as the guitarist it became a lot more organic and fuller sounding, and less pigeon-holed in the singer-songwriter genre. These days we’re influenced by the likes of Grizzly Bear and Local Natives, but again we’re experimenting with new sounds that we like!
What else are you working on at the moment?
As a band we’re currently writing a bunch more songs which we will hopefully be able to share very soon! Once the tour is done we’ll have a bit more time to refine them. Personally I’m working on music for couple of other projects, one is a web sketch comedy series, one is a short film and I’m also working on a couple of concert works for some great local musicians.
Do you have a procedure for writing music?
When we get together we often jam for a while and try to generate ideas. We all have a bit of a background in improvisation and jamming so we enjoy that a lot. Other times someone will come in with a basic idea that we all bounce off of each other. The main thing is that we work on it as a group and write arrange as we go, giving feedback and trying out different ideas. It’s not a set procedure, but it happens fairly organically I’m happy to say.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would you collaborate with, and why?
I’d love to work with James Blake personally… I can’t speak for the others when I say that (though I doubt they’d disagree). He’s got an incredible grasp on songwriting and is one of the more unique artists out there. We’d be so inspired by him!
What do you think about Melbourne’s music scene? And if you could play anywhere, where would you love to perform?
I can’t believe how lucky we have it here in Melbourne. It’s one of the most active and diverse music scenes in the country – if not the world. We have a huge network of supportive community radio stations, great venues and killer bands playing all kinds of genres. Every night there’s something different going on. If we could play anywhere….How about the International Space Station? We wouldn’t be the first (one of the astronauts currently aboard beat us to it) but I can’t imagine playing to a bigger audience than the entire planet! Plus we’d be weightless…
Who are you listening to? Seen any good bands lately?
I’m a bit slow on the uptake but I just got Father John Misty‘s album “Fear Fun” a few weeks ago and have been listening to it heaps. Also MS MR (who recently came to Melbourne but I missed them!) I managed to see Alt-J when they played in Melbourne. What an incredible show, I was mightily impressed.
Any interesting stories? Crazy tour happeneings, meeting random legends, embarrassing incidents?
We had a surreal experience when we played at a festival in The Phillippines back in May…that gig was crazy enough as it was, playing alongside The Temper Trap, Neon Trees and Nada Surf…but right at the end of our set, Nat spotted a guy in the crowd whom she met and made friends with a few years earlier at Meredith Music Festival. It’s a small world!
Where are you playing next?
Our first national tour is just about to kick off!
Don’t miss Tully on Tully when they stop in at a city near you. Check out the tour dates below.
Saturday 10th August – Plus One @ Ed Castle, Adelaide
Friday 16th August – White Eagle Polish Club, Canberra
Saturday 17th August – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
Friday 23rd August – Rics, Fortitude Valley Brisbane
Saturday 24th August – Rails, Byron Bay
Saturday 7th September – The Toff In Town, Melbourne